Morgan defends his 'as-you-were' cabinet.Byline: By Phillip Nifield South Wales Echo The South Wales Echo is a daily newspaper distributed in south Wales. It was founded in 1884 and is based in Thomson House, Cardiff city centre. It is published daily, in a tabloid form, by Media Wales Ltd (formerly Western Mail & Echo Ltd), part of the Trinity Mirror group.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan Hywel Rhodri Morgan, PC AM (born 29 September 1939) is a Welsh politician; the Labour National Assembly for Wales Member for the constituency of Cardiff West; and the first and current First Minister for Wales (and the second First Secretary for Wales) . today defended his cabinet shake-up that has seen no new faces and no ministers outside of South Wales South Wales south n → sud m du Pays de Galles brought into the Assembly Government.
Mr Morgan, pictured inset, also cut the number of cabinet members from nine to seven but said he was giving his ministers completely new roles as he attempts to reach out to "progressive consensus" in the Assembly.
The move opens the way for a fresh look to be taken at difficult issues, such as hospital changes, because the ministers originally involved in key decisions have been moved.
Carwyn Jones, considered by many to be the front-runner to succeed Mr Morgan as Labour leader, has been given the high-profile education portfolio, while the person he succeeds, Jane Davidson, described by Mr Morgan as his "greenest minister" tackles the growing issues of climate change and sustainable development.
Biggest surprise was the move of former Health Minister Brian Gibbons to cover the economic development and transport role previously held by Andrew Davies.
Mr Morgan said: "I have reduced the size of the cabinet to seven from nine but that's nothing new. The SNP SNP Scottish National Party
Noun 1. SNP - (genetics) genetic variation in a DNA sequence that occurs when a single nucleotide in a genome is altered; SNPs are usually considered to be point mutations that have been evolutionarily leader Alex Salmond cut his cabinet to six. The changes represent a major refresh of virtually every portfolio and they will bring a new impetus and energy to driving forward our policy in co-operation with others. We are committed to greater inter-party co-operation."
This could see issues like affordable housing tackled very early on this term.
But the announcement drew the expected broadside from opposition parties and sources maintained Mr Morgan's party was living on borrowed time and could be replaced by a rainbow coalition as early as next month.
Welsh Conservatives Assembly leader Nick Bourne said: "This has all the hallmarks of the same old Labour pantomime with the same old cast, and the same old lines. This is the cabinet of Labour's Glamorgan Mafia. There is no-one west of Swansea, east of Cardiff or north of Pontypridd."
Plaid Deputy Assembly Leader Rhodri Glyn Thomas Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (born 1953, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales) is a Welsh politician. He has been the Plaid Cymru National Assembly for Wales Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr since 1999. said: "Rhodri Morgan's latest cabinet has no change of personnel and therefore there has to be a change of policy and a new sense of urgency if this government is going to make a real difference to lives across Wales."
Mike German, Assembly Welsh Liberal Democrats leader, added: "Perhaps Rhodri has been conscious that the cabinet's work is likely to be time limited." What rhodri's team will be doing: Details of the new Cabinet and their roles are:
First Minister: Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West)
Responsibilities: Strategy; science; Europe and Wales in the world.
Minister for Health and Social Services: Edwina Hart (Gower)
Responsibilities: NHS NHS
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service , public health and social services.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services with special responsibility for Social Services: Gwenda Thomas (Neath Neath (nēth), Welsh Castell-nedd, town (1981 pop. 48,687), Neath Port Talbot, S Wales, on the Neath River. Neath is both a market and an industrial town. Metallurgy and a growing petrochemical industry are important. ).
Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language: Carwyn Jones (Bridgend)
Responsibilities: Children and early years; schools; 14-19-year-olds; skills; further and higher education, Welsh language, sport and the arts.
Minister for the Economy and Transport: Dr Brian Gibbons (Aberavon)
Responsibilities: Economic development; transport and regeneration.Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport with special responsibility for regeneration: Huw Lewis (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and Welsh Language with special responsibility for skills: John Griffiths (Newport East). Minister for Sustainability and Rural Development: Jane Davidson (Pontypridd).Responsibilities: Climate change, sustainable development, environment, agriculture, energy and planning.Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery: Andrew Davies (Swansea West).Responsibilities: Child poverty, housing, public service delivery, local government, the spatial plan and community safety.Deputy Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery with special responsibility for housing: Leighton Andrews (Rhondda). Minister for Budget and Business: Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)Responsibilities: Budget, financial planning Financial planning
Evaluating the investing and financing options available to a firm. Planning includes attempting to make optimal decisions, projecting the consequences of these decisions for the firm in the form of a financial plan, and then comparing future performance against and control, Assembly business management including legislation.Outside the Cabinet is Carl Sargent (Alyn and Deeside Alyn and Deeside may refer to:
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport with special responsibility for regeneration: Huw Lewis (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and Welsh Language with special responsibility for skills: John Griffiths (Newport East).
Minister for Sustainability and Rural Development: Jane Davidson (Pontypridd).
Responsibilities: Climate change, sustainable development, environment, agriculture, energy and planning.
Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery: Andrew Davies (Swansea West).
Responsibilities: Child poverty, housing, public service delivery, local government, the spatial plan and community safety.
Deputy Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery with special responsibility for housing: Leighton Andrews (Rhondda).
Minister for Budget and Business: Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)
Responsibilities: Budget, financial planning and control, Assembly business management including legislation.
Outside the Cabinet is Carl Sargent (Alyn and Deeside) as chief whip and deputy Business Minister.